Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has reportedly told former President Donald Trump that she will be stepping down from her position shortly after the GOP South Carolina presidential primary later this month.
The New York Times reported that Trump is “likely” to promote North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley to be her replacement.
The news comes after Trump met with McDaniel on Monday at Mar-a-Lago and posted after their meeting: “Ronna is now Head of the RNC, and I’ll be making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth.”
A spokesperson for McDaniel said in a statement, “Nothing has changed. This will be decided after South Carolina.”
The news about McDaniel comes after she has faced mounting criticism for months over the way the Republican Party has underperformed in recent elections. The pressure on her increased even further after the RNC posted its worst fundraising numbers in a decade.
When asked during an interview with Maria Bartiromo over the weekend how he thought McDaniel was doing, Trump responded: “I think she did great when she ran Michigan for me. I think she did OK initially in the RNC.”
“I would say, right now, there will probably be some changes made,” he added.
During a Monday interview on Newsmax, Trump was asked if he thought McDaniel should step down from her position.
“Well, I think she knows that,” Trump responded. “I think she understands that.”
This report has been updated to include additional information.